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  • State: Orissa
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Puri is located on the eastern side of India in the province of Orissa. Lying on the coastal strip in the Puri district, the destination is 60 kilometre from the city of Bhubaneswar. This coastal city lies on the golden triangle of Orissa, connecting with Konark and Bhubaneswar.

The city of Puri is known for its historic immemorial, sanctorum, architectural magnificence, balanced climate and divine significance. Counted among the most sacred pilgrim centres for Hindus in India, the destination is a seat of Lord of Universe, Jagannath, as per testimony of Skanda Purana. Honoured with the famous Jagannath shrine, the spiritual city is also known as Jagannath Puri. Positioned along the coast of Bay of Bengal, the city is one of the frequented tourist destinations in India.

All the cities of the triangular axis have well-known pilgrimage venues, exotic landscapes, beaches, historical sites that attract travellers throughout the year. Besides, the destination is a repository of art and architecture of India with testaments dating back to 3rd century B.C. This ancient town has ruins and testaments belonging to the period from 3rd century B.C. to 17th century A.D.

The spiritual city attracts devotees along with tourists from around the world for witnessing attractions like Temple of Child Krishna at Indradyumna Tank, Atharnala Bridge and Sudarshan Crafts Museum. The city also has the famous Sun Temple of Konark.

One of the major highlights of the city is Rath Yatra (Car or Chariot festival), which is hosted every year in the city. Puri Rath Yatra 2012 starts on 21st June at Jaganath Temple, Puri, Orissa. The festival marks the journey of Krishna known as Jaganath in this region, from Gokul to Mathura. Three huge chariots carrying the idols of Jaganath, his brother Balbadra, and his sister Subhadra are pulled along the streets from the Jaganath temple to the temple of Gundicha Mandir. On the ninth day, Rath Yatra is repeated in the opposite direction. Pilgrims and tourists throng to the destination to cherish the international event besides an annual Puri Beach Festival held in the month of November. 

The coastal city gained fame after Chodaganga Deva who built the temple of Purusottama Jagannath after winning a war. Over the years, association with Lord Rama, influenced renaming of city to Purusottama Kshetra, also known as Purusottama Puri, which exists as Puri at present.

Among well-known attractions in and around, Puri features Chilka Lake, a large inland salt-water lake, Puri Beach, Gundicha Ghar and the Childlike Wildlife Sanctuary. Over the years, the coastal city has emerged as an industrial centre with major industries like rice milling, handicrafts and fish curing.

The pleasant weather of the coastal city all round the year makes it an ideal destination for the travellers. With mild summers and cool winters, October to March is considered the best time to visit Puri.  
 

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Bishwajit dutta Dutta

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  • Lives in Ranchi
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"Weekend freshness" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Puri is a great destination with Sun sea & temple. 3 - 4 days are enough to cover. Sea is fun & also safe. One can see our old heritage in Lingraj Temple, Udaigiri, Dhawalgiri, Konark & Jagganath Temple obviously Must visit place once in lifetimes.
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"Magnificent place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Puri is a destination every one loves to visit again and again as the sea beach here is one of the cleanest in India and the water in the sea has 3 colours all the time. There are so many hotels to suit the budget of all and variety of food options (Domino pizza joint also here). One can roam around the city on a cycle rickshaw viewing the sights and sounds of a superb tourist place.
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"Stay was mix of the religious and relaxation in the beach side" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I have visited Puri more than 15 times. I love this place. The temple and the sea beach is my priority. The bhog of the temple. The hot sea water and the sea food in the night. I love this place. I visit this place every year. I am fond of this place. Stay was a mix of the religious and relaxation in the beach side.
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"Glorious sunrise and a colourful sunset at one go from the same place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Puri, once the only beach destination of middle class in eastern India has now blossomed into a luxurious beach resorts of eastern India. The hotels which were used to be very cost friendly for middle class now charges not much but you have to spend more for a nice stay in the hotels on the beach itself. We reached Puri at about 11 at night by Shatabdi express from Howrah and was picked up by the car sent from our hotel. Up to this much the service of the hotel was good. The room given was a nice one to stay but only glitch was it was on the 2nd floor which was difficult for us to climb every time as there was no lift in that building. The view from there was superb but the counter executives were not much helpful.

The puri beach is one of the best beaches to walk on & now with all sorts of entertainment attached the beach was overcrowded all over the day. You can have a camel ride like in Juhu, can visit one of the best sand craft exhibition on the beach & in the evening there's an open market of shell handicrafts on the beach. I have visited Puri several times over the years but this time I felt it too crowded even during night when I could see several vagabonds taking shelter under the open sky & making their daily habits completed on the beach. These things have to be stopped immediately otherwise the beach will lost its immense beauty of easy access for all strata of people. But still now this is the only beach for everyone to have a nice bath.

Puri sea offers you the glorious sunrise and a colourful sunset at one go from the same place. Everyone came here several times only for its easy access from all corners of the country, as also because of GREAT JAGANNATH TEMPLE here. As also for renowned sightseeing like Konark, Bhubaneswar, etc, Puri offers you different places to visit for experiencing dolphins. Visit Satapada, a dolphin breeding place and also the opening of Chilika lake with Bay of Bengal. Other places like Gopalpur on sea, Borbil, etc. But you can spend days only with a walk along the sea coast every morning witnessing the sunrise.
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"Visit for religious sentiments and also beautiful beach" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
God loving people will love the place. For many, Lord Jagannath is the only reason to travel Puri. Not only because of your religious sentiments but also for the beautiful beach.

Try to be aware and be smart while dealing with pandas (Pujari) in the temple.

Jagannath temple, Sunrise at Puri beach, Chandrabhaga, Konark Sun Temple, Chilika lake, Raghurajpur artist village, Pipili are the must visit places. You can enjoy water sports at the beaches.

Do not forget to taste the delicious prasad at the Jagannath temple. Try to visit Puri during winters for best experience. Does not matter you are from Odisha or not because the itinerary remains the same. From Bhubaneswar go to Puri via Chandrabhaga and while returning from Puri to Bhubaneswar visit Pipili.

Try to visit Puri in early morning to enjoy the sunrise in the beach.
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"Enjoyable holiday destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
From the beginning to the end we enjoyed our holiday destination at Puri.

The followings are must visit sightseeing spots

1. Nandan kanan to mama bari which will cost Rs 800 around in luxury bus in one day.
2. Puri mandir
3. Hotel Dolphin

These are the spots which may take 4 days all total as a tight schedule in Puri.
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Sudipta nayan Ghosh

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"A complete fun package"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If u ever visit puri, i can bet one the fact that u will surely plan to come again. It's a complete package consisting of - religious places (jagannath temple), historical monuments (konark sun temple), fun destinations ( sea beach), shopping destinations ( swargadwar and the whole of puri itself).

Overall, had a really nice experience, planning to visit again soon.

And yup, Don't miss the khajas of Puri.
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Aniruddha Das

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"A Holy place with wonderful Beach"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
As all of your know puri is one of most hindu holy place in india. Several number of temples are situated here like jagannath temple, sun temple. The sun temple is one mysterious temple in india. It has so many local story also have historical importance.

Just reach at puri railway station. The auto driver or text driver will take you to the hotels and also tour company. They will plan for you. There is several tour packages around 200-500 per head for different places. Like chilka lake, sun temple, nandan kanan it is the asia's largest zoo. Buddhist temple like udaygiri, khandagiri.

Lastly the beach. At evening time you can hear the sound of sea wave. Wonderful sound. Sit on beach. The time will pass you can't get it.
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"Enjoy seaside and visit Lord Jagannath temple"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Puri is the hot favorite beach holiday destination for the people of West Bengal and they don't require any review of this place; for the people from rest of India and world, is a nice place to be. Puri is terribly hot in summer time, so, if very high temperature annoys you, visit in winter. If ratha yatra isn't your goal, avoid Puri from one month before it, upto one month after it. Two to three nights is enough to enjoy here. Most hotels on the beach roar have direct sea view rooms, some don't, so, book your hotels as per your choice.
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"Must visit place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
As it is said in hindu mythology about Chaar Dham "PURI" is one of them. Our family enjoyed this place for religious trip as well as a romantic trip. Actually we needed a leisure time in our life to stay together. The sunrise and sunset were so nice in the golden sky. The wave are sometimes wild and sometimes calm.
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